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In January, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee unveiled what he called his "affordability agenda," including a proposed hike in the minimum wage and construction of more low-cost housing. But he also urged San Franciscans not to take the city's economic recovery for granted. "There is not a city on the planet that would refuse to trade places with our robust economic condition right now," he said. Still, some critics say the mayor has been too slow to address the city's housing shortage and rapidly rising cost of living, and that he is too cozy with the tech industry. Mayor Lee joins us to discuss the economy, the future of MUNI, the city college accreditation crisis, State Senator Leland Yee's corruption case and other issues.
Robert Gates's career gives him a unique vantage point. He's the only U.S. defense secretary in history to serve under consecutive presidents from opposing parties. His memoir "Duty" created a stir when it was released in January for its perceived criticism of President Obama's handling of the war in Afghanistan. We'll talk to Gates about the book, as well as the Ukraine crisis and other pressing foreign policy challenges.
Officials from Ukraine, the United States, the European Union and Russia have taken the first steps toward a pact aimed at de-escalating tensions between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists. But separatist leaders have given no indication they will sign the deal, and continue to call for the removal of the government in Kiev. We look at the latest news from the region, and examine what this means for the rest of the world.